Definition of favoritism in English:

favoritism

noun

  • The practice of giving unfair preferential treatment to one person or group at the expense of another.

    • ‘And when I was in office, I was very careful to separate completely any religious commitment of mine and assuring of favoritism or preference to Christianity or my own faith.’
    • ‘Many of them are serious candidates for the position, but the public will not be informed of who they are in order to eliminate any feelings of bias or favoritism towards particular candidates.’
    • ‘He does not want to hear about favouritism towards kindergartens.’
    • ‘Another industry practice that may need re-examination, the panelists said, is the role of favoritism and preferential treatment in the newsroom.’
    • ‘Under such circumstances, favoritism is practically impossible to conceal, and therefore unlikely to be attempted.’
    • ‘However, in the next night, fifteen of the thirty boxing judges were fired for showing unfair favoritism.’
    • ‘Anything else would smack of favoritism and unfair treatment for a general officer.’
    • ‘But the religious-economies model predicts that religiosity will grow weaker if these monopoly religions retain their political favoritism.’
    • ‘And despite coming under heavy fire from political opponents for alleged favouritism towards his home county, the minister is remaining defiant.’
    • ‘According to this view, although the Constitution precludes government favoritism of one religion over another, it does not outlaw government endorsement of religious ideology in general.’
    • ‘They practiced favoritism, making themselves, their friends and their families rich from the public coffers.’
    • ‘Ideally, a way would be found to encourage this official to keep an eye on all contributions, to avoid creating unfair favoritism.’
    • ‘Embezzlement of oil revenues, bribery, and ethnic favoritism are all common practices.’
    • ‘The next administration should also guarantee the two-year term of the prosecutor general and refrain from putting prosecutors under its tight grip through favoritism in personnel management.’
    • ‘Negotiations have stalled on more than 30 issues, including fair wages and an end to discrimination and favoritism in hiring and promotions.’
    • ‘And in the same vein there is a need to do away with corruption, a public disease, nepotism, favouritism, racism and other administrative deterring activities.’
    • ‘It wasn't just the obvious favouritism towards their own daughter that ticked him off either, that wasn't even the beginning of it.’
    • ‘Rivalry between brothers is a central theme of Genesis, fueled always by favoritism and preference for the second-born.’
    • ‘The effects of this phenomenon are compounded by the continued practice of favouritism in political appointments, promotions and other decisions.’
    • ‘But, this program was plagued by agency mismanagement, political favoritism and corruption.’
    partiality, partisanship, unfair preference, preferential treatment, special treatment, preference, favour, one-sidedness, prejudice, bias, inequality, unfairness, inequity, discrimination, positive discrimination, reverse discrimination
    nepotism, keeping it in the family, looking after one's own
    jobs for the boys
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Pronunciation:

favoritism

/ˈfāv(ə)rəˌtizəm/